Wow I never expected to have my blood pressure rise so much watching Show, but ever since the introduction of Jo Kwang, the myopic views and fear-mongering tactics practised by these neo-Confucianists he represent have me tearing my hair out in frustration.
Jang Hee Jae is a tragic character through and through, and I’m glad my faith in him never wavered, even though at times he may be blinded by his jealousy for Jang Yeong Shil, but at least he acknowledged only he can save himself from that self-inflicted mental torture and what’s most important to him is the thirst of knowledge for science and nature. Even if Jang Hee Jae did not die in the hands of Jo Kwang and his irritating looking bodyguard, he was murdered by some self-righteous neo-Confucianist scholar who claimed that he was an insult to all scholars for being interested in natural science. I say, you scholars with myopic and ignorant views of the world are an insult to humankind, ugh.
The eclipse ritual took place without a hiccup as Lee Soon Ji noticed the discrepancy in the almanac records which Jang Hee Jae gave them and he confronted the latter about it. Jang Hee Jae pulls him aside and tells him as frankly as possible why they were given fake records and urges Lee Soon Ji to hurry and redo the calculations. Jung In Ji is also roped in at the last minute to do the calculations, and the mathematicians had the help of King Sejong’s chief attendant to do the calculations in secret. The success of the ritual had many of those horrible scholars stumped, and while some acknowledged the usefulness of understanding science, those like Jo Kwang are even more adamant in stamping it out in order “to protect Joseon”.
Sejong is secretly developing a set of alphabets for the Joseon people, and the stress has taken a toll in his health. Nevertheless, with the help of some young scholars such as Shin Suk-joo and Sung Sam-mun, the creation of Hangul (as it is known today) was able to proceed secretly.
On the other hand, Jang Yeong-shil is also embarking on another project – a grand time-telling device that reveres the Joseon people, and is also able to mimic the movement of sun. He was initially in a state of disenchantment after the death of Jang Hee Jae, but an unwelcomed visit from Jo Kwang to his workshop jolted him out of depression, giving him the motivation to create something new for the Joseon people and to prove the scholars wrong.